Chelsea is the center of the art world in New York, right? Well almost.
According to data from NYC Open Data, the zip code with the largest number of art galleries is — surprise — 10021, or the area from roughly 69th to 76th street on the Upper East Side. That little area has a whopping 125 galleries, more than any zip code in Chelsea or that other burgeoning art neighborhood, the Lower East Side. In total, the Upper East Side has 249 galleries–roughly 27 percent of all the galleries in the entire city. We guess the 1 percent living Uptown like to stay close to a few Hirsts or Koons in case they ever need some shopping therapy.
Chelsea is a close second to the UES, and the zip code 10001 (which stretches from 35th to 25th Street from the Hudson River to Fifth Avenue) has 117 galleries. Combined with 10011, which reaches down into the West Village, the area has a respectable 219 galleries. Which means that 51 percent of all galleries in the city are either in Chelsea or the Upper East Side.
The rest are a bit scattered between Soho, Tribeca, the Lower East Side, with a fair amount scattered in Harlem, Brooklyn and Queens. The loser? Not for the first time, it’s Staten Island, which only has three.
Check out the map LLNYC made below.
By the way, if the contemporary art leaves you nonplused check out LLNYC’s Party Talk guide to the contemporary art game.